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  •  Lexile Levels (1+ / 0-)
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    While I agree that the overall test does not have a great correspondence to the new Common Core, and therefore sections such as Science and Math should probably be ignored, the ELA section is good if the schools are not already collecting Lexile Levels via a different method (such as SRI).  Lexile levels correspond to students GLE (grade level equivalent) and are used for all courses under the new CC standards.  As a middle school administrator I can say that this would be the only useful part of the NWEA, unless of course you were still using their antiquated idea of comparing schools based on material that isn't expected to be covered, which would be useless.

    "Believe in yourselves. Dream. Try. Do good." - Mr. Feeny

    by Andrew Hodges on Mon Jan 14, 2013 at 02:30:39 PM PST

    •  NWEA makes a big deal about testing to Common Core (0+ / 0-)

      As a parent I don't have a very good window on the actual merits of the test itself, and our elementary school is only beginning to implement Common Core. Is your criticism that they are not actually incorporating CC standards or that historically they have been behind the curve or just generally that the NWEA tests are not well constructed. My daughter is in a gifted program and consistently maxes out on standardized test scores of all kinds, but that does seem to result in a bit more responsive differentiation than otherwise. While teacher assessment based on classroom assessments is great for determining whether the teacher's lessons are being mastered, it is not particularly useful for recognizing that some students need an entirely different curriculum or level of instruction (either higher or lower) and these adaptive tests help to get teachers to recognize those sometimes dramatic disparities.

      •  NWEA isn't included in curriculum maps (0+ / 0-)

        Therefore the content tested isn't necessarily taught in classes.  Unless the schools/district have a great plan on how to analyze and utilize the data the testing is not necessarily beneficial for most areas, except the aforementioned Lexile levels.  If the content tested was accompanied by a list of standards that it correlates to and/or objectives to teach to include in a curriculum map it would therefore be useful.

        "Believe in yourselves. Dream. Try. Do good." - Mr. Feeny

        by Andrew Hodges on Tue Jan 15, 2013 at 07:13:39 AM PST

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